Plant Highlights By Date
Stapeliads are succulent relatives of the milkweeds with striking 5-pointed flowers. Their flowers are beautiful, but in most cases they emit foul odors to attract pollinators.
Calibanus hookeri is summer-flowering. The branched inflorescences are shorter than the leaves, and they arch to one side. The tiny off-white flowers, sometimes with a reddish or purplish tinge, are borne in small clusters along the main stalk and the side branches.
Cyrtanthus obliquus has teardrop-shaped bulbs to 4 inches in diameter (10 cm), and it typically produces a few offsets to form a small clump, though plants may sometimes be solitary. The top third of the bulb is normally visible above ground level.
The floral branches and buds of Agave montana are a dark purplish-red color, but when the flowers open they show off their yellow interiors and stamens and pistils.
This Australian native begins life as a single large rosette, but when it comes into flower the growing tip elongates into a flower stalk, much like an Agave does.
Many species of Echeveria are notable for their highly ornamental tight rosettes of succulent leaves, and most of these come from Mexico.
The Protea Family, Proteaceae, is primarily a Southern Hemisphere group, with most of the species found in Australia and South Africa.
South Africa has quite a few single-headed species of Aloe which develop a trunk and make dramatic focal points in the garden.
This clump-forming succulent belongs to the Ice Plant Family and features showy yellow flowers.
At maturity, the center of a rosette elongates and shoots upward to form a flower stalk, and this is about 6½to 8 feet tall (2 – 2.5 m). The stalk is dark purple, as are the flower buds arrayed along it, with the flowers opening in sequence from bottom to top over the course of about a month.